Now you see him… soon you won’t! The ever-elusive Hatbox Ghost from the original Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland has reappeared for a limited edition tee!
Available exclusively at DisneyStore.com for one week only, this favorite will return to the attic on Thursday, August 15.
Why all the spooky glee? The Hatbox Ghost is a character that appeared at the opening of the original Haunted Mansion in Disneyland, but vanished shortly after the ride’s debut. Designed as the primary scare in the attic scene, the ghost’s head was supposed to disappear and then reappear in the hatbox. Unfortunately, due to lighting trouble, the trick failed and the ghost was removed.
But as with the best ghosts, he never truly departed from the hearts of Disney fans. Entire worlds have been built around the lore of the Hatbox Ghost, including fan sites and a Facebook fan page. Rumor has it that director Guillermo del Toro is writing and producing a new film based on The Haunted Mansion attraction. At the 2010 Comic-Con, he stated that, in his version, The Hatbox Ghost will be a pivotal character.
Is Disney preparing us to once again embrace the ethereal coolness that is the Hatbox Ghost? Check out this fantastic video from this week’s D23 Disney ultimate fan expo captured by the even more amazing Inside the Magic featuring a new audio-animatronic Hatbox Ghost:
Do you have goosebumps? We do!
(psst follow @InsideTheMagic for more finds and news)
Be sure to capture this spooky friend that never made the permanent 999 happy haunts of the Haunted Mansion and buy your very limited edition Hatbox Ghost tee at the DisneyStore.com today!
While there, check out a few of our other favorite Haunted Mansion treasures just in time for Halloween!
Madame Leota calls the spirits! 1 of 8
Can you hear her calling the spirits? Hearing her voice as we round the corner in our Doom Buggy is always a thrill! And she glows, just like on the ride!
Are these singing busts welcome to drop in? 2 of 8
These signing busts in the graveyard always feel like genuine retro Disney to me. I hope they never update the video that projects onto the busts because I would miss the Dick Van Dyke-era feel too much.
Is time running out on our favorite souvenirs? 3 of 8
Just as the Hatbox Ghost tee is available for such a limited time, I have to stop and question just how long we have to buy our favorite souvenirs? They always seem like they'll be around forever and then, just like the sands in the hourglass, slip through my fingers before I know it!
Ghosts look cool in Vinyl. 4 of 8
I bought my first Vinylmation figure at the Disney Studios Lot recently and now I'm hooked. Speaking of running out of time, hurry and grab The Haunted Mansion Vinylmation series: It's a thrill, as you won't know which of the three ghosts you have until you remove the mask!
Rest for the weary… drinkers? 5 of 8
These humorous coasters are straight out of the Haunted Mansion graveyard. My favorite Haunted Mansion is at Disney World in the Magic Kingdom but I only recently walked through the graveyard while in line. Have you checked it out? So much spooky fun!
Light your way through the gloom just in time for Halloween! 6 of 8
My favorite rides at Disney World are what they call "dark rides." The candle-lit ambience of the Haunted Mansion puts me in the mood for scares every time. Think you could use this little guy at your home?
Come on, give them a lift! 7 of 8
The Hitchhiking Ghosts are the best. The end. My favorite memory of Disney World as a kid is seeing which ghost hitched a ride on our Doom Buggy!
Don’t forget the Hatbox Ghost! 8 of 8
Available until Thursday, August 15, 2013 - catch the Hatbox Ghost before he returns to the attic for... ever?
Hatbox Ghost tee available exclusively at the DisneyStore.com (not even at the parks!)
Do you love the Haunted Mansion? Have a favorite ghost? Ever heard of the Hatbox Ghost before?
Be sure to check out 15 Fascinating Facts About The Haunted Mansion!
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